2020 Scholarship Award Recipients

Philia Zang

Philia Zang - Philia Zhang is a student from New Westminster, British Columbia. Her passion for environmental conservation has permeated the majority of her life. She has devoted her high school years to leading the Environment Club, organizing several collaborative events in her school, including a Climate Awareness Week, a roundtable conference with local City Councillors, as well as an “Adopt-a-Plant” competition. One of her proudest achievements was founding the “SD40 For The Climate” campaign, which successfully petitioned her school district for the introduction of climate education. She also succeeded in urging the school board to declare a climate emergency and to formulate a climate action plan to meet the IPCC 1.5°C requirements. Beyond her environmental advocacy, Philia endeavours to participate in a wide range of activities around her school and community. She is the Vice-President of the Model United Nations club at her school, using the opportunity to organize a series of public speaking workshops open to all students. Additionally, she has been a committed volunteer for over five years at a local seniors’ centre and also frequently volunteered at a local cat shelter. Furthermore, she is the secretary of her city’s youth leadership group, in which she takes on leadership roles to organize events for youth in her community. She is also a member of her city’s Youth Advisory Committee, partnered with the City Council to instigate a positive change in New Westminster.

In the upcoming school year, Philia wishes to continue challenging herself in her academic settings after having graduated at the top of her class in the International Baccalaureate program. She will be heading into the academically intensive Science One program at the University of British Columbia, to continue stimulating and encouraging her growth. She aspires to become an esteemed scholar in her field by conducting thorough research on the climate and environment. Above all, she hopes to inspire her peers and serve as an example of how much anyone can accomplish, regardless of our beginnings.

Liliana Austin

Liliana Austin - Liliana is a recent graduate of Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, and was one of the top three academic achievers in her graduating class. She is passionate about education, social justice, and working with children, and dedicates herself to all three endeavours. Liliana volunteered as a peer tutor, advocated for women in computer science, fundraised for local foodbanks, and became a Teen Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. She also founded Copains de lecture en français, a French reading program to promote bilingualism and literacy in her school community. Liliana spent her summers working as a Camp Leader and worked part-time throughout the school year at a highway truck repair facility. In her free time, Liliana was an avid reader, writer and boxer. She is a published poet and hopes to one day publish a full-length work of prose.

In the fall, Liliana will be attending the University of Ottawa to begin her degree in Biomedical Science. She will be the first person in her family to attend university. Liliana recently relocated to Renfrew, Ontario, and is looking for ways to become involved in her new community during her first semester of virtual classes. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Liliana plans to continue working with children to encourage a love of literacy and learning. Eventually, she hopes to become an OB-GYN and work with women in isolated communities. It is her dream to make reproductive healthcare accessible to all.

Qiqi Liu

Qiqi Liu - Qiqi is from Pasadena, Newfoundland and Labrador. As a hard-working student of Pasadena Academy, she graduated with a 99 percent average. Interested in the field of creative arts, Qiqi is an active participant of numerous creative art contests, such the Remembrance Day Poster Contest. She is a winner of both provincial and national level contests and has received third-place national in the senior coloured poster contest last year. Qiqi was also invited to attend the 2019 Beaumont-Hamel Pilgrimage in Europe, representing the country and her province to visit the battlefields in WorldWar I. She has also played a lead role in painting murals for the Town of Pasadena to advocate for Winter Carnival spirit. She strives to excel in both academic work and extracurricular activities, she took the lead in many community services. As one of the executive members of the community youth organization Pasadena Leo Club, Qiqi initiated many fund-raising activities for families in need, appreciation meals for local workers and community clean-up. She founded Pasadena Planeteers, a climate club that creates awareness of climate change in schools and communities. Qiqi arranged an exhibition for Epilepsy Canada in school, encouraging everyone to support epilepsy awareness. She is also a leading tutor, a student-council executive and breakfast club volunteer that helps her peers in school. In addition to these activities, Qiqi achieved pathfinder level in Girl Guides of Canada, and the silver level in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

In the upcoming school year, Qiqi is going to start her studies at University of Toronto, majoring in Architecture, Landscape and Design. She aspires to become a professional architect that develops a better living environment for Canadians. She wishes to explore the conservation of living spaces and effective use of building materials, as the society undergoes a shift into a quick-developing, modernized lifestyle. The conservation of material is tremendously important, and Qiqi is passionate about making contributions to this issue. All the accomplishments that she has achieved so far lead her to think on a larger scale, seeing what impacts she has made in the community and society. In the future, Qiqi is eager to apply her knowledge in architecture, making positive contributions to her city, her country and the world.